Lady Gaga is a man. That’s right. Lady Gaga is a man. You read it here first at Disinformation Central, accessed via the Great Prevaricator, Rumormonger, and Falsehood Disseminator (otherwise known as the World Wide Web). What was believed to be a hermaphrodite picture is now believed to be proof that Lady Gaga is a man. Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has been fighting the wild rumors of being a hermaphrodite or a cross-dresser for quite some time now, but the persistence of an internet armed with a picture taken from a video at the Glastonbury Festival, plus an equally persistent “quote” attributed to the pop star, has morphed the entire controversy from Lady Gaga as hermaphrodite, a person having the physical genitalia of both sexes, to that of a man (an individual with a penis) wearing a dress.
The internet certainly loves a wild rumor. It seems the more bizarre or unsubstantiated the rumor, the more likely it is to get noticed and get disseminated. Who needs proof in the Age of Information? Apparently, not many. And as sure as cause leads to effect, a rumor will lead to speculation. Like Criss Angel’s death over the weekend (and no, he is not dead) or the outright lie-become-rumor of Betsy McCaughey’s opinion piece in the New York Post that labels President Obama’s medical advisors as virtual Mengeles-in-training, the so-called “deadly doctors” who want nothing more than to kill off all the infirm and disabled in the United States.
But the Lady Gaga rumor is especially tenacious and the surfacing of the Glastonbury “Money Honey” video (and the hermaphrodite picture acquired from it) has added a bit of gasoline to smoldering fire. The video (and picture) shows a standing Lady Gaga in a red micro-mini dress just before she pulls it down. There seems to be revealed a bulge — trick of light, puffed underwear, penis? — for the briefest of moments. But nothing definitive. Even with Lady Gaga’s manager telling ABC News that the rumor and the speculation derived from it and the video were “ridiculous,” the story persists.
Idolator.com points out that the rumor may have caught fire even further back than the Rolling Stone interview in May where Lady Gaga admitted that she was sexually bisexual, although she was only physically attracted to women. Idolator points at a December post by Starr Trash, a satirical blog site, where they posted another ambiguous picture and reported that crazy quote that just won’t die:
“Its not something that I’m ashamed of, just isn’t something that i go around telling everyone. Yes. I have both male and female genitalia, but i consider myself a female. Its just a little bit of a penis and really doesnt interfere much with my life. the reason I haven’t talked about it is that its not a big deal to me. like come on. its not like we all go around talking about our vags. I think this is a great opportunity to make other multiple gendered people feel more comfortable with their bodies. I’m sexy, I’m hot. i have both a poon and a peener. big f—— deal.”
Starr Trash attributes the aforementioned quote to a “L8d Gaga.”
But Lady Gaga may have decided to have a bit of fun with the rumors herself, perhaps riding the “there is no such thing as bad publicity” train. Lady Gaga herself posted to Twitter Friday: “Love you Japan! Pokerface just went #1! Thanku!! My show was so good last night. I just had to go home and suck my own hermie d—, suckka.”
It is assumed that she was just kidding, but one really does not know.
Some rumors can kill a career, a movement, a relationship, a piece of legislation. Some only seem to enhance the target, regardless of the seeming intent of the rumor itself. The persistent rumor that Lady Gaga might be a hermaphrodite does not seem to have impacted her ability to score hit songs or sell albums or concert tickets.
It is doubtful that the latest incarnation of the Lady Gaga has a penis rumor, that “Lady Gaga is a man,” will have much effect, either. Most people simply do not care one way or the other. After decades of having androgynous males (David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust,” Prince, and hair metal bands, for example) in the world of pop and rock music, the idea that Lady Gaga might be a hermaphrodite or a man in drag is something of a minor novelty, not something that might potentially be a career-killer.
In a business where name recognition is of utmost importance, Lady Gaga is being talked about incessantly. And word-of-mouth has long been considered the best form of advertisement.
According to Billboard magazine, Lady Gaga’s first album, “The Fame,” thus far has produced two number one singles and has sold over 2.3 million copies worldwide.
So… You read the rumors here… and there… and all over the internet… Lady Gaga is a hermaphrodite. Lady Gaga is a man.
Lady Gaga is… being talked about…